Council’s campaign for tunnels
COFFS Harbour City Council has voted unanimously to launch a campaign to demand tunnels be reinstated to the city’s planned bypass.
A motion raised by Councillor Keith Rhoades and carried unanimously will see a Coffs Harbour Bypass Impact Working Group formed to progress the campaign as a matter of urgency.
Necessary funds from the council’s communications and advertising budgets will be used to run the campaign.
“I didn’t think we would have to revisit this. We now have major open cuttings. That’s a complete turnaround from when this community was basically told they would get tunnels,” Cr Rhoades said.
He highlighted noise as one of the main problems with cuttings.
“The echoing effect that is going to come down into Coffs Harbour... I just don’t want to think about it because it is going to be astronomical.”
Mayor Denise Knight also spoke passionately about the need to fight to ensure tunnels were reinstated.
“The government are being cheap skates as usual and we are paying the price,” Cr Knight said. “To think that they can just swan in and treat us like second-rate citizens like this – I am tired of being kicked around.”